Over the Top Culinary Experiences in L.A. and California

This article was first published in print in Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine and Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine (April 2023) with an online version here. There is no shortage of extraordinary culinary experiences in Southern California. These favorite unforgettable splurge-worthy meals are sure to excite and delight all of your senses. Eat Your Drink + Tasting Menu With Matthew Biancaniello Those who have been around long … Continue reading Over the Top Culinary Experiences in L.A. and California

Make it a Special Mother’s Day

Make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift or memorable escape. Don’t forget your Mama this May 14 as mothers deserve mega-appreciation. We rounded up some of our favorite products and services and local getaways to help you honor the matriarch in your life. Here is the LaLaScoop for Mother’s Day ideas. Celebrate MOM with a great cause How about a virtual … Continue reading Make it a Special Mother’s Day

A real farm-to-table experience is Outstanding in the Field

This article was first published in print in Southern California Life Magazine, September 2022 edition. I pulled off onto a dusty road in a harsh low desert area I never knew existed until an invite to Outstanding in the Field arrived in an email. My instructions were to bring my own plate, come hungry, and be ready to break “bread” with strangers.  For many years … Continue reading A real farm-to-table experience is Outstanding in the Field

Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Read the full article HERE. Los Angeles is a city is exploding with new eateries. Brave chefs and hospitality workers have been knocked down over and over the last few years. Many had to reinvent their menus to survive.  But this is a resilient city where culinary creatives from all over the world continue to flock and test out inventive ideas – often bringing diverse cuisines … Continue reading Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Gastro Garage’s flaming culinary experience brings joy during uncertain times

Gastro Garage has been wearing masks and gloves since 2014. It is an unexpected evening to be seated outside on the rooftop of the W Hotel Hollywood after being thermometer checked in a mask at the hotel lobby door. In tumultuous times comes rare glimmers of sunshine. These really may be the worst of times (at least in my life) and this 8-course meal (including … Continue reading Gastro Garage’s flaming culinary experience brings joy during uncertain times

Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

By the time we all get out of Covid-19 lockdown and can move free of fear, it may feel like the Roaring 20s all over again. You might want to hug a stranger, dance in the streets, or scream for freedom. Get to know Greater Palm Springs by sipping your way around the destination’s 9 distinct cities. Many establishments offer outdoor seatings, patios, gardens, rooftops, … Continue reading Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

Sunday Funday brunch at LOCALA inside the Mayfair Hotel

Inside the revamped historic 1926 Mayfair Hotel in the emerging Westlake neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, find an indulgent brunch at LOCALA Kitchen + Bar. Pass the stunning grandiose light-filtering foyer with original 1926 columns and bravado art from well-known street artists to enter LOCALA. This mid-century mod restaurant comes with reasonable prices, more than most brunch spots in LA. Helmed by Wolfgang Puck protégé … Continue reading Sunday Funday brunch at LOCALA inside the Mayfair Hotel

Yours Truly debuts lunch in Venice

Yours Truly considered one of Los Angeles’s best new restaurants of 2019 by Los Angeles Magazine, expands to weekday lunch in 2020. Helmed by Executive Chef/Partner Vartan Abgaryan, this newcomer to Abbot Kinney known for its seasonal modern California cuisine for dinner and brunch is now open on Venice Beach for a daytime feast Monday – Friday from 11:30 – 2:30 pm. Chef Abgaryan who … Continue reading Yours Truly debuts lunch in Venice

Alice Restaurant in the 1 Hotel West Hollywood: In photos

Dive out of messy chaotic Sunset Strip into Alice, a quieter respite perfect for a date night, privacy, and real conversation that doesn’t require shouting to be heard. Come for brunch, Happy Hour, or stay for dinner, like we did. Alice is her name, but h.wood Group features her game – that is fresh California cuisine. The kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients and serves them … Continue reading Alice Restaurant in the 1 Hotel West Hollywood: In photos

Ring in 2020 in LA style – where to get your evening started

Some of us prefer to stay home on New Year’s Eve but some of us prefer to go big, especially when ringing in once-in-a-lifetime 2020! Forget cooking at home this New Year’s Eve and worrying about what to purchase to entertain guests and family. Make your holiday easy and memorable by booking a festive night at one of the many fabulous Los Angeles restaurants offering … Continue reading Ring in 2020 in LA style – where to get your evening started